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The House of Strife (New Zealand Wars #3)

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The House of Strife is the third in a trilogy about the wars following Britain's colonisation of New Zealand. Writing in London in the 1830s, Ferdinand Wildblood plagiarises a manuscript submitted to his publishing house, and begins a career writing cheap and successful novels about New Zealand, and country to which he has never been.

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Jun 27, 2007 Andrew rated it really liked it
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this one came from the op-shop - anna was on her usual buying spree at the sallies, and i rescued this from the pile.

having studying nz lit at university i was well aware of maurice shadbolt - i probably read a short story by him or something. 'the house of strife' is part of a trilogy of historical novels based in nz around the time of the new zealand wars, in which european power sort to impose its will on maori tribes that didn't l
Feb 24, 2015 Jennifer rated it liked it
A moderately talented (if plagiaristic) British editor of serial stories bets his employers that he can write a better story than the one they have given him to edit. He "re-writes" the story to huge acclaim and follows that up with several additional stories. All these stories are set in New Zealand and after some years, the writer finds himself at a creative standstill. He determines that he needs to travel to New Zealand for inspiration. Once there, he is plunged into the thick of the Land W ...more
Jill Mccaw
Apr 08, 2015 Jill Mccaw rated it really liked it
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I probably know a little more than I did about Hongi Heke and his need to fell the flagpole, but probably not a heck of a lot more about the war that followed since reading this book. However while at times this read like history (but with much more humour) it is fiction and Shadbolt's point was that the people involved really had no clue as to what was going on either.
I was captivated from the first page with the description of Ferdinand's meeting with "John" Heke and found the whole tale a ro
Alan Wightman
Jun 05, 2011 Alan Wightman rated it liked it
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The House of Strife is the final in Shadbolt's Maori War trilogy (although it is set first). It is strikingly similar to the other that I have read, The Season of the Jew, with its engmatic Maori warrior-chief, its blundering English military leader and its compromised and reluctantly heroic English narrator.

The style is swashbuckling and adventurous, although the charcters themelves are not necessarily so. The complexity of warfare, particularly mixed with religion, is portrayed revealingly. O
Matt Mckinley
Oct 20, 2014 Matt Mckinley rated it liked it
I possibly preferred this one to 'Season of the Jew', but I still find Shadbolt's writing style a bit slow at times. I think he could have developed the characters considerably more and added a lot more intensity to the conflict scenes.
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Four & a half stars

After feeling somewhat tepid about The Luminaries I'm glad to be able to recommend this NZ Victorian pastiche (love that word!) novel.

The hero reminds me of Flashman & the novel is very witty & fast moving. If I was confused sometimes- it was the NZ and The Land Wars! I think everyone at the time was too!
Jan 18, 2012 Nathan rated it really liked it
The first of the NZ Wars trilogy tells the story of Hone Heke's war in the Bay of Islands, as narrated by a somewhat unreliable English writer of penny dreadfuls. Shadbolt succeeds in getting a Victorian tone of language in the prose, but fails in having the Maori characters a very much modern tone to them. Not as rollicking as Cornwell, but more literate. Rated PG for moderate battle violence and mature themes. 3.5/5
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Maurice Shadbolt was a major New Zealand fiction writer and playwright. He published numerous novels and collections of short fiction, as well as novellas, non-fiction, and a play. His writing often drew on his own family history. Shadbolt won several fellowships and almost every major literary prize, some more than once. He was capped Honorary Doctor of Literature by the University of Auckland in ...more
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